Discover His heart: His commandments guide our steps as we keep our focus on them
Having already confessed the fact that I’m a compulsive list maker, I might as well come completely clean. Some have labeled me the Queen of Sticky Notes, and there is an element of truth to this lofty title. Surely everyone finds them helpful, just as I do in organizing my day, my stuff and my life – I even have sticky notes for my sticky notes. I’m happy to report, for those who are not as savvy on the subject of sticky notes, these notes come in many sizes, colors, degrees of stickiness and some even have lines! Imagine my relief to find that Moses was also a little over the top on posting notes everywhere to remember important things.
@ Deuteronomy 6
Ready to enter the Promised Land, the Israelites were once again instructed by their leader, Moses, “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (4-9) They would have loved our sticky notes.
Moses began his exhortation with a call to love the Lord and follow His commands with their whole hearts because it’s impossible to remember something we don’t already know. Once they were acquainted with God’s commands, they were to repeat them over and over to their children while at home and while on the road, when they went to bed and when they got up in the morning.
It’s been my experience that many parents expect the church to do all the teaching about God to their children, and that’s a big mistake. The greatest chance of a child remembering scripture and its concept outside of the church walls, while at school or with friends, is when scripture has been taught and reinforced outside of the church walls by the parent as well. God’s Word is not just a Sunday thing – it’s a seven-days-a-week guidebook for everyone.
Growing up in my mother’s home, a day never passed without her quoting, at the very least, one scripture to me, and we always started the day by pulling out a scripture verse from the Scripture Box on the kitchen table. Her examples followed me in raising my own children where long rides to our church were filled with Bible stories disguised as great adventures. The books of the Bible and scriptures were taught by my husband with the Jerry Lucas picture/memory system, and we still laugh today about the inventive pictures that were used. Each night they fell asleep listening to Bible stories on tape by the delightful “Dan and Louie.” God’s Word was not just for Sundays.
Still today, Orthodox Jews tie small boxes around their foreheads with scriptures inside in observance of this command. I must confess I have not posted scriptures on my forehead with my sticky note fetish, but I have posted them on mirrors, computer screens, kitchen cupboards, calendars and just about everywhere else, even a doorpost or two.
I can’t seem to get enough of God’s words of encouragement as well as His disciplines. The commands that Moses was speaking of are what guide our steps to do what blesses Him, and when God is blessed, we are blessed. “Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Oh, that’s a good one. Where are my sticky notes…
Moving Forward: I’m so thankful today for His commands that give guidance to my day as I follow them, assured of success.
Tomorrow @ 2 Chronicles 25-28